Azerbaijan Blacklists South Ossetian Politician
Baku has categorized as persona non grata a top official from one separatist Caucasus region for having observed elections in another. The Kavkazsky Uzel news site reported that South Ossetia's de facto Deputy Parliamentary Speaker Yuri Dzitsoity is not welcome in Azerbaijan anymore. The same goes for several Russian parliamentarians, who had the indiscretion to travel to Nagorno Karabakh to monitor recent legislative polls there.
Baku, which called on the international community to give Karabakh's May 23 elections the miss, argues that Dzitstoity and other observers violated the state borders of Azerbaijan and flouted international law.
Giorgi Lomsadze is a journalist based in Tbilisi, and author of Tamada Tales.
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